Jessica H. Stone is an author, ghost writer, and long-distance sailor.
Jessica and her Border Collie, Kip McSnip – the Famous Sailing Dog, sailed together for sixteen years. They cruised the Caribbean, navigated Puget Sound traversed Canada’s waters, sailed the Mexican coast, wandered the Sea of Cortez and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Kip celebrated his eighteenth birthday as they crossed the equator for the first time. Their experiences led to the popular book, Doggy on Deck: Life at Sea with a Salty Dog and the long-running syndicated column, Cruising with Critters.
Sans her four-legged crew, Jessica sailed the waters of Australia, New Zealand, and the Med. Most recently, while serving as crew on a vessel from Panama to the Honduras, she experienced the terror of being chased by (real life) pirates.
Many years of living aboard her 41’ sloop provided a solid foundation for her book, How to Retire on a Boat and for her on-line column, At Home on the Boat.
Following two decades of teaching marketing and strategic business planning at the University of Washington Jessica turned her focus to full-time writing and consulting. She has served as the “ghost pen” for three important memoirs. She specializes in helping people tell their stories — and get them published — even if they are not writers, or simply don’t have the time to write.
Jessica is a sought after public speaker and offers presentations on both the sailing and the writing life.
Her debut novel, The Last Outrageous Woman, won First Place in The Somerset Award for Women’s Literary Fiction. The Chanticleer Reviews – Best Book of 2014.
The Last Outrageous Woman will be available on-line and in finer bookstores — worldwide — in September of 2017.